''Leaving Las Vegas'' is a 1995 film starring NicolasCage.

Ben Sanderson is a depressed Hollywood screenwriter who due to his non-stop alcoholic habits eventually loses both his job and family. All of this causes Ben to decide to commit suicide by drinking himself to death in Las Vegas.

While there, he meets Sera (Elisabeth Shue), a prostitute, and they develop a destructive relationship with each other.

This film was very well recieved by critics and was nominated for four AcademyAwards, with Cage winning for Best Actor.

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!!Tropes included:

* TheAlcoholic: Ben. He isn't sober once in the whole movie.
* AntiHero: Ben is a Type I.
* AntiVillain: Yuri is a Type II.
* AuthorExistenceFailure - The film is based on the novel of the same name, by John O'Brien. He committed suicide after the book was optioned.
** That makes watching the film HarsherInHindsight. See MoneyToBurn below.
* AwardBait: Winner for Best Actor and nominated for director, screenwriting and actress. It just so happens to be a depressing movie about an alcoholic.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Ben is dead, but it looks like Sera has quit prostitution and is going through counseling.]]
* BrokenBird: Sera.
* BurnBabyBurn: Ben takes most of his belongings from his house and burns them in his backyard before "moving" to Las Vegas.
* DiedInYourArmsTonight: [[spoiler: The film ends with Ben dying in Sera's arms after he says his final word "Wow."]]
* DisposableSexWorker: What the teens thought of Sera.
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Ben dies, and Sera is left alone, homeless, and gang-raped.]]
* DrivenToSuicide: Ben, after losing everything due to his alcoholism. The film is one long suicide attempt, [[spoiler:which is eventually successful.]]
* DrunkDriver: Ben almost hitting Sera when they first meet.
* DyeingForYourArt: NicolasCage prepared for the role by binge drinking for two weeks in UsefulNotes/{{Dublin}} and having friends videotape the results for later study.
** Cage was also [[EnforcedMethodActing really drunk]] during the scene when he freaked out and flipped over a table at a bar.
* FaceDeathWithDignity: Subverted. [[spoiler:Yuri tries to do this, but loses it once Sera walks out of the hotel room.]]
* FromBadToWorse: For everyone involved.
* KarmaHoudini: The frat boys get clean away with [[spoiler:gang-raping Sera and videotaping it.]]
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Sera.
* HopeSpot: [[spoiler:Averted. Ben never once considers giving up his alcoholism.]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Ben isn't a bad person, but he makes some ''very'' bad decisions in his drunken state.
* LargeHam: Ben is probably the most gut-wrenching LargeHam in cinematic history.
* LostWeddingRing: Ben's is stolen by a prostitute at the beginning of the movie.
* TheMafiya: Sera's Latvian pimp Yuri and the Polish gangsters after him have shades of this.
* AManIsNotAVirgin: Deconstructed. [[spoiler:One of the frat boys loses his virginity by raping Sera.]]
* MoneyToThrowAway: Ben loses his job but gets a large severance package to compensate him. He uses this money to travel to Las Vegas and purchase as much alcohol as it takes to drink himself to death.
* NobleDemon: Yuri treats Sera like crap, but looks after her in his own twisted way. [[spoiler:He also makes sure that she leaves safely before a trio of gangsters show up to execute him.]]
* NoodleIncident: We never find out how Ben lost his family. As he puts it, "I can't remember if I drink because I lost my family or if I lost my family because I drink".
* PetTheDog: Yuri is an abusive monster, but when he knows he is going to be murdered, he sends Sera away so that his executioners will not need to kill her to keep her quiet.
* PlatonicProstitution: Ben buys Sera's time for $500. He uses this time to talk to her and get to know her.
* ProlongedPrologue: It takes 15 minutes until the opening credits. This works in the movie's favor, as these first 15 minutes tell us everything we need to know about Ben before he heads for Las Vegas.
* RandomPasserbyAdvice: Ben storms away from the food court while Sera calls after him to stay. A passerby tells him he ought to stay, and does so in such a way that it seems he has some sort of plot significance. He doesn't.
* RapeAsDrama
* ShowerOfAngst: Sera, after [[spoiler:being gang-raped.]]
* SupportingProtagonist: Ben. Once he arrives in Las Vegas, the story becomes more about Sera's downbeat life than his protracted suicide.
* ThisBedOfRoses
* TragicVillain: Yuri has made his fair share of mistakes and clearly doesn't like what he's become, but that doesn't excuse his actions ''at all''.
* TruthInTelevision[=/=]DoNotDoThisCoolThing: As sexy as both Elisabeth Shue and Nicolas Cage are in the movie, it is possible to drink yourself to death. And it's a lot messier than portrayed.
* UselessProtagonist: Ben is a heartbreakingly {{Justified|Trope}} example. The entire film, he's too drunk to do anything to change his or Sera's circumstances.
* VillainousBreakdown: Yuri loses it just before [[spoiler:his execution.]]
* VivaLasVegas: Perhaps the most depressing version of the city.

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